Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Kia Orana! I am back from the beautiful and amazing Rarotonga. We had the best time and 4 days wasn't long enough. We packed a lot of swimming, snorkling, eating, sightseeing, poolside lounging and sleeping into the 4 days. I will warn you now, this is long and picture full. I may need 2 installments.
We were only there 10 minutes before we got lei'd
We headed back to the hotel and got some much needed sleep! The flights into Raro are at very odd hours. We got in at midnight, and left at 1am. Madness, I tell you!
Woke up and chilled outside our room while Russell got ready. We had a garden room with a nice view. The ocean was only 50m away and I could hear it loud and clear every morning!
We ate our breakfast and went for a walk around the resort while we waited for the bus to take us to town.
In town we picked up our ride for the 4 days.
We both got our Cook Islands drivers licences so we could both drive it. I thought
Russell would be the main driver but he HATED it and I ended up driving 75% of the time. I loved driving it and didn't mind at all.
Helments are optional in Raro, and while we got them we didn't use them.
Naughty, we know. Its kinda like how in Singapore you don't have to wear a seatbelt in the backseat of a car. You know you still should, but while in Rome... (Or Raro, or Singapore for that matter)
We biked around the island, with a destination in mind: Muri Beach. The pictures don't do it justice. This is without a doubt the most beautiful place I have ever seen. The water is clear and bright, the sun was shining. Magical.
We headed back to the room and changed for the beach. The resort we were at was on a snorkling beach with heaps of coral reef and different tropical fish. It was amazing!
Post snorkling cocktail by the beach.
The island is pretty small and we were only 5K from town so we headed out for dinner. We had an amazing seafood platter, which is a must if you are on a tropical island!
I'll be honest. We did next to nothing on day two. We got up early and went to the markets and did some shopping, but it was a wildly overpriced tourist trap. I got a necklace and a bracelet, and Russell got a shirt. I was also not feeling too good (lack of sleep and water) so we headed back to the resort where we spent most of the day in our room asleep. We napped on and off for about 5 hours, only getting up to have lunch. We needed that rest! In the afternoon I moved my napping to under a palm tree.
That evening we were booked in at the resort for their cultural night. This included a buffet dinner and a show. The food was OK, and the show was good. They had overbooked though, and tried to sit us at a table with 2 other people. As nice as I'm sure they were I was there to spend time with my boyfriend, not strangers. I complained to the manager (we should have been told upon booking that we would be required to sit with other people, which was my main issue. Also, I get 4 days this year of undivided time with my boyfriend. You bet I'm gonna get selfish about it!) who set us up a small table at the back, but allowed us to move near the front for the show.
The sexy men
The cutie pie kids group
The dress I loved, but the photo I hate. I was slouching to fit under Russell's arm (he is only 2 inches taller) I look odd.
Stay tuned for days three and four!!!
Monday, June 27, 2011
So I heard on Oprah (or somewhere nearly as reliable) that sometimes it is good to take a week off from working out, especially if you have been working out consistantly for a while (say, 3 months).
So I took the week off. And I feel wonderful. Sometimes the body just needs to rest! Mine certainly did. I don't feel bad about taking the week off. Not at all. I was tired, busy and sick, and I needed to take a break!
Back to it tomorrow, with a 9am spinning class.
And, as a side note, I have noticed very little change in my body shape and have only gained 300g (and I fluctuate a lot anyways). So one week off will not kill me (or you!) if it is needed.
My eating was bad, but not much bad food was consumed...If that makes sense. I probably ended up eating maintenence calories for the week. No binging, but definatly not enough fruit!
Friday, June 24, 2011
OK, 3rd blog post of the day. Yeah, I know. Deal.
Just discussing the week with my family. We complied a list of what has gone wrong. Here it is
- Flights cancelled, resulting in rebooking and stress
- My great uncle died
- Russell's cat died
- My mum had her stitches and staples out and is in a lot of pain
- My grandpa had a fall and cracked his kneecap. He can't drive and I become sole gopher since my dad is going away and my mum can't drive either.
- My grandad is sick with a cold but his heart isn't coping
- My parents car blew up and is going to cost $5000 to fix
I think thats it. Thats enough. I think we have had our share of bad luck for the whole year.
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